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willing to engage in a kind of self critical exception, so we can see the darkness in our own souls. if we don't do it, it's a wrap. >> amen to that, eddie glaude. that wraps us up this hour. i'm stephanie ruhle. i'll see you tomorrow night 8:00 p.m. for special election coverage. coming up right now, more news withny friend ha nmy friend ja . we're lining up for president trump's rally in the afternoon. the buzzword today, it's not necessarily republican or democrat, but persuadable. yep, there are people out there who have not totally made up their mind. we'll bring you our new polling about the tightest of senate races. plus how both parties are hoping to persuade those persuadables. president trump using what helped him into the white house,
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tough talk on immigration. while democrats are employing star power with oprah and joe biden. our campaign road warriors are covering all of this for us again this morning. plus the election wave that's already here. black women making election history in one part of the country this year. >> in shelby county, we sprinkled black girl magic across the field. >> everywhere. >> our tremaine lee with their stories. we kick it off on this friday morning with our team criss-crossing the country. w yes, we are all on the road. let's get started not in west virginia here but in texas. candidates beto o'rourke and ted cruz are meeting with voters right now. in ft. worth, texas, ted cruz is
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meeting with voters. >> reporter: we're still a half hour from this rally with ted cruz. you can see the crowds filling in a little bit. ted cruz is making an incumbent's argument. he's trying to disqualify his opponent, beto o'rourke, as too liberal for texas, and saying he can work with donald trump to get things done. we have heard so much about women voters, suburban voters, moms, and how they're breaking in this election. you like ted cruz, you haven't cast your ballot yet, you're probably going to vote for cruz on tuesday, i'm guessing, since we're standing here. what is it that he's saying and doing for texas that make you want to support him? >> well, i was really pleased that he understands the constitution and has memorized it. if there's anybody that could defend the constitution, you have to be able to know it, which means you understand that i have the right to defend myself with a gun, and i have a
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right to protect my family. as far as gun control, he understands what our amendments say and therefore he would support that. >> reporter: there's been a lot of talk about how the president affects this race. you voted for donald trump, but i wonder, when you hear the way he talks about immigration, for example, some of the rhetoric he uses, he gets a lot of criticism for that. does that bother you and does it make you think differently about the candidates who support the president? >> i think the important thing is we need to remember to love each other. i wish he wouldn't be so hateful in his speech. i wish he would come from a place of kindness and support people who want to come here correctly. >> reporter: cruz talks in a different way about it. >> correct. his father was an immigrant, came here correctly. i feel like anybody who comes correctly, if we change the policies now to just let anybody in with open borders, then we discount all the people who have
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worked hard to go through the classes and training to become american citizens. >> reporter: elizabeth, i'm going to leave it there, we'll throw it back to hallie. hallie, this is a built-in advantage for ted cruz, this is still a very republican state. is it changing? absolutely. but the voters here like what the president and like what ted cruz has done for them since he's been their senator in 2012. by the way, hallie, the last day of early voting in texas, so a big, big push from both candidates on that front today. >> garrett haake, making his way through texas "fin ft. worth, thank you very much. the green party candidate has dropping out of that senate race with three days to election day. angela green is telling her supporters to vote for democratic congresswoman kyrsten sinema in arizona. gadi schwartz is joining us from
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phoenix. sunnier where you are in phoenix than it is here in west virginia. i know you've been talking to voters. >> reporter: we're seeing some of these big numbers when it comes to the youth vote for early registration and for early voting. we could see a big turnout during election day. but if you want to know what the youth voters are thinking, you've got to go to where they're at, which is usually right here on their phones. in fact there's so much organizing that's been happening on those phones. that's platforms like snapchat. here's snapchat right there, hallie, that's where you should be. when you pinch the screen like that and go to their map app, they'll put on where your polling location is on election day. they've helped register over 400,000 people earlier this month. so it's one of these things where technology is being used to kind of galvanize a vote. it's also a place where people are going to share their
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opinions. one thing we've learned from generation z and from millenials, they're fiercely independent. here is what they're saying on snapchat, take a listen. >> unfortunately both parties are by the rich people and for the rich people. but i do hate one less. >> these days it's all about compromise. >> i feel like it's been dividing us for far too long. if you're a good candidate, you're a good candidate. >> politics is a good thing. the politics of these days is terrible. >> reporter: this is starting to circulating right now, an instagram page called the future coalition. they're trying to get out a walkout to the polls on election day. so on election day, at 10:00, they are encouraging students at high schools across the country at high schools and colleges to walk out. 500 schools across the country
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are expected to participate, hallie. >> gadi schwartz, live in phoenix, thank you. in wisconsin, governor scott walker is facing one of his toughest challenges ever. he's in a dead heat with democrat tony evers. this is interesting, you're in an area that saw a huge drop in turnout in 2016. what's the effort to try to turn those numbers around? >> reporter: that's right, hallie, here in wisconsin, milwaukee, there are 41,000 fewer voters in 2016 than in 2012. that drop-off in voters likely led to president trump's victory in the state. this is one of the largest voting locations in the state. democrats are happy about the early voting, they're already exceeding their 2014 total. brenda voted two weeks ago, but she came here today to let her
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brother vote. you said it wasn't easy to get him out here. >> no, it wasn't. i said, i'll call you and get you up. he was one of my challenges from my pastor. >> reporter: what did your pastor say? >> my pastor asked each of us at our voting rally on wednesday night at church, that he challenged us to get five people to vote. i wanted to challenge myself and get more people to vote. but i started with my sisters and they went and voted already. and then my brother, he was a little stubborn but i got him out this morning. it was a challenge for him. but he enjoyed it, the atmosphere was great. i enjoyed watching people coming in and out. and i'm so proud of my brother. i think i'm do it from this point out. >> reporter: why do you think so many voters dropped out in 2016? >> i think some of them weren't as concerned. a lot of times we think my vote is not going to count. so a lot of them stayed home, they didn't have that push power from other people. that's what a lot of people
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need, they need someone to push them and educate them on the importance of voting. >> reporter: someone like you. hallie, democrats hope people there are more people like democrats who are listening to those challenges and bringing those five people to come out and vote. >> shaquille brewster in milwaukee, thank you so much. thank you to all our road warriors. we have a lot more to come, but i want to go to iowa and talk about what's happening there. congressman steve king is facialifacial i -- facing a real tough challenge. he got into a heated exchange when someone asked him about extremism. >> don't you do that, do not associate me with that shooter. i knew you were an ambusher when you walked in the room. there's no basis for that. you get no question and you get no answer. you're done. we don't play these games in iowa. you crossed the line. >> let me bring in nbc national political correspondent steve kornacki back with us for his 18 in 18, 18 races to watch in the
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2018 midterms. steve, we kind of gave it away, we're focusing on iowa's 14th district. >> this is the home of the world's largest ball of popcorn. this one has emerged late in the campaign as one of the most closely watched races in the country. this is the most conservative terrain in iowa, particularly in the northwest part. you have a heavy evangelical christian population. steve king has been the congressman here since 2002. you can see in 2016, donald trump, he surged all across the midwest, certainly in iowa, particularly in this district. romney in 2012, the republican, carried this district by eight. in 2016, more than triple that, that's donald trump's margin here. this is a district trump won by 27 points. steve king represents it, he's
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being challenged. but obviously the controversy has intensified around him in the last week or so, casting new doubt on his fate heading into this election. he did have a big challenge before. in 2012, that year that mitt romney carried the district by eight points. it was redistricted that year, it was new terrain for him. the democrats recruited a strong candidate, christie vilsack, she had a lot of money behind her. king did win that year in 2012 by ten points. he's survived in tough climates before. but now with this new controversy, the possibility here, democrats are certainly hoping things might break their way in the closing days of the campaign. if they do, this could be one we end up watching as those returns come in on election night, hallie. >> a lot of eyes on that one for sure. steve, before i let you go, a lot of people watching tv are seeing those midterm ads. but here is one that people should be aware of.
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watch. >> right within my margin of error. this is so dope. back to you. >> someone's found his inner kornacki. thank you, pat. >> steve, a "murphy brown" reference, you have arrived. congratulations to you. >> i got to tell you, hallie, i wrote that book about the '90s, murphy brown is in that book. how about that, it all comes round. >> love it. steve, thank you for being on, we'll see you back on this network all day long. the country is not getting younger but the people running it may soon be. millenials are running for office, for everything from congress to county commissioner. how they're hoping to get young voters to actually vote, after the break. >> we have a problem with our messengers. we don't have a lot of people like me running for congress.
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so let's talk millenials, because as axios puts it, a horde of them are running for office right now. axios counts 700 millenial candidates running in state legislative raises across the country.
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it's not just the local level. nearly two dozen millenials are also running for congress. by the way, to set up this conversation, there's no one set rule about who exactly is a millenial. it's generally considered to be people who were born after the mid-'80s but were old enough to remember the impact of 9/11 when it happened. morgan radford, who i believe is a millenial herself, caught up with a couple of those candidates. what have you been finding, morgan? >> reporter: it's fascinating, hallie, less than a third of millenials say they will definitely vote in next week's midterms. part of the reason, they say, is because they don't feel represented by congress. but all that could soon change with this record number of millenial candidates we see running for office. take a look. an historic surge of millenial candidates running for office across the country from mayor to u.s. congress. >> watch me. >> reporter: more than 700 candidates are running this year.
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like katy hill. the 31-year-old democrat from california trying to run the most millenial campaign ever. from celebrity endorsements -- >> my girl katy hill is running for congress. >> reporter: -- to social media selfies, hill is running for california's 25th district, hoping to win over young voters by taking them along for the ride. as a millenial, what are you doing differently to campaign? >> i'm relating to them on a level that you don't normally see in campaigns. one of the reasons millenials don't show up to vote is that nobody's trying to get them. >> reporter: that's why she's meeting them where they are, like on college campus. >> nice to meet you. >> reporter: and it seems to be paying off. a lot of these candidates are using social media to reach you all. is it working? >> in some spakaspects. it's a lot more personal, seeing
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her, meeting her here. >> reporter: which counts a lot more than social media? >> yeah. >> reporter: in texas' congressional district, dan crenshaw is trying a different tactic, hoping to meet voters where they least expect it, where he campaigns by leading crossfit workouts. are people surprised to see you at a place like this, at the gym, campaigning? >> it's probably the first time somebody's done that with them. >> reporter: he lost an eye in afghanistan. >> we have a problem with our mention. we don't have a lot of people like me running for congress. >> reporter: a trend he hopes he can change with an entirely digital ad campaign. >> hey, everybody, guess what, we got a special day today. >> reporter: because in the end, current cirenshaw says being yo different has its perks. >> these days different helps
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you more than hurts you. >> reporter: a new motto for a generation that could make the difference. all right. well, hallie, it's worth noting the vast majority of these candidates are democrats encouraged by groups like run for something that popped up in the wake of the 2016 election. we reached out to the republican state legislative committee to try to get their numbers but they refused to provide a total number. their statement instead said, participation and identity politics don't win elections, hallie. >> okay. nbc's morgan radford, see you tomorrow. david wasserman, you've been looking at the impact on millenials. our new poll found out about a third of millenials do plan to vote next week, and a major reason, they say, is because they just don't feel represented by congress. the average age is 58 in the house, 62 in the senate. if these millenials run and win, how do they end up changing the
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landscape? >> well, i think this is going to be a banner midterm for millenial candidates, particularly democrats and women. and also set records for millenial participation in midterms. you know, the last nbc/"wall street journal" poll taken several weeks ago found 73% of seniors rated their interest level in the midterms as a nine or ten out of ten compared to 15% of 18 to 34-year-olds. that sounds terrible for millenials, but put it in the context of 2014, that year 56% of seniors voted and just 19.9% of millenials did. so this is a massive increase in millenial engagement. >> axios has this report talking with the founder of the millenial action project who says this. millenials are more likely to be bipartisan, that's the argument, that they have new ideas, fresh perspectives, pointing out senior members are more rigid
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and tribal in their politics, which is a part of being involved in politics for a long time. gut check, david, do you think that's true? >> the leading characteristic of millenial voters is they are unaffiliated at much higher rates than older voters. it's out of fashion to call yourself a democrat or a republican these days. millenial voters like to call themselves independents. that doesn't mean they're in the mushy middle. they have strong views about the parties and they have strong views about president trump. most millenials regard him very, very negatively. that helps democrats in the sense that these voters are likely to be anti-partisan, against republicans. >> david wasserman, thank you very much. much more to come, you may see the buses and hear them pulling up behind me, dropping people off at the hangar where we are for president trump's rally later today.
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i will tell you we have gotten tremendous numbers, tremendous numbers of republicans are going out to vote. now, we did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incorrectly, because for seven days, nobody talked about the elections. it stopped a tremendous momentum. >> that's president trump lamenting a lack of attention on politics after two major national stories capture the country's attention in the last week. the president has been on this campaign blitz overnight in missouri. today he picks up the pace starting here in west have a, multiple stops per day every day from now until election day. his trip to huntington comes as
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a new jobs report comes out stronger than expected, maybe giving the president a boost if he focuses on that messaging ahead of the midterms. so far a lot of his language has been about turning attention on immigration and amping up the fear factor. as "the new york times" puts it, fear of the caravan, sending active duty troops to the border, refusing asylum. there are questions whether legally he can do much of that but polling suggests it might work. 75% of republican voters say illegal immigration is a leading problem in the country today. it's a strategy that may also put one group of democrats in kind of a tough position. red state democrats specifically. running for reelections in states donald trump won in 2016. i'm joined now by democratic senator doug jones from alabama, senator jones, thank you very much for being on the show
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today. >> my pleasure, hallie, thanks for having me. >> let's take a look at what is frankly a mixed bag for vulnerable red state democrats up for reelection. some are up in the polls, some down in the polls, some look like they may sail through come election day, some may not. in all these states, the president won by double digits in 2016. he's got this message on immigration, fearmongering in the eyes of his critics. maybe he'll focus on the economy after this jobs report. what should the strategy be for these democrats in these red states? >> hallie, first of all, every one of those democrats can point back to the vote we took last february or january, when were working on the budget, on immigration, with every one of those democrats, including myself, voted for a bill that would have provided border security, up to $25 billion. it was what the president wanted. we asked about it. he wanted it. we talked about daca and we talked about border security. no democrats want open borders. no republican wants open borders. i think the real quick answer
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is, we gave you what you wanted and you killed it. it was the president and his team that killed it. republicans killed that. or else we might not be in this position. the second thing is, democrats are going to pivot right back to the issues that people care about i think really the most, and that is health care. preexisting conditions, where the president and his administration and republicans across the country are trying to do away with the preexisting condition issues on insurance. that is a very, very important issue. it's especially important right there in west virginia where you are today. >> right. well, let me ask you this, senator. respectfully, you laid out what you think the strategy and the messaging should be for some of your colleagues, democrats in the senate. but that's clearly not resonating in states where it doesn't look like they have enough of an edge. what's not working on that? >> i'm not sure i agree with you on that, hallie. certainly the immigration issue resonates with the president's base. but that's not going to decide this election.
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what's going to decide this election are those folks in the middle, the millenials that you talked about, others that are coming out in droves just like they did in my election in december. that election i think gave so many people a reason to hope and understand that their votes make a difference, that elections have consequences. i think what you're seeing is that so many people are going to be focused on those what we call the kitchen table issues. health care is going to be an issue. the president is going to drive his base for sure. but remember, for every -- every time he does that, he's also driving up a different base as well, and that's the base who wants to see real change in this country and wants to make sure we do health care, education, and jobs. we've got a good report coming out. guess what, wages in west virginia, in alabama, in the south, are not moving up. >> we're popping up those numbers that shows where the polling is, where the numbers simply are 70 plus hours before election day. one thing that's been a focus for you isme the get out the vo
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effort. the president is trying to turn out his base, so you are and other democrats. and so is oprah, here is a little bit of her speech in georgia yesterday. >> i'm here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed. for anybody here who has an ancestor who didn't have the right to vote, and you are choosing not to vote wherever you are in this state, in this country, you are dishonoring your family. >> one big reason you won your election in alabama of course, senator, is because african-american women came out to vote for you. how does oprah, how does for example president obama coming to florida, other places over these next few days, how do you think that impacts the get out the vote effort in the way president trump is trying to get
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out his base? >> just as big if not bigger. in 2016, people woke up and understood that elections have consequences. in 2017, virginia, new jersey, alabama, people said our vote does matter, our vote does count. i think what's happening now is you're seeing a get out the vote effort in a midterm like you've never seen before. and so i think that those are very important messages. it's not just the oprahs and barack obamas coming in. it's andrew gillum in florida, stacey abrams front and center in georgia, it's mike espy front and center in mississippi. those folks, it's the candidacy more than the celebrities that drive the vote. >> senator doug jones of alabama, really appreciate you coming back on the show to talk through all this. senator, thanks. >> my pleasure, hallie, thank you. one of our own road warriors, ali vitale, i appreciate you guys coming on the set in huntington. we're a few hours away from president trump's rally.
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you know this area really well, you know this west virginia race. >> i grew up here. >> you grew up here. what are you hearing from your listeners? >> a lot of people are amped up about this election. there is a lot of talk of people who have been supporting joe manchin, republican voters who supported him before. they're really on tenterhooks. >> ali, you had a chance to talk to the folks in line. >> i think trump is the central figure here, right? this is one of the states that he had the biggest margin in 2016. the people on this line, some of the folks we met said, i'm kind of undecided, i voted for manchin in the past but i'm liking that trump is endorsing morrissey. take a look, one of the guys we talked to in the line, made this point for us in a nice way.
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>> what's important to you in this election? >> america is personally going in the right way right now and i don't want to see it go backwards. i liked joe manchin as a governor but as a senator he kind of bowed down to schumer and pelosi, and i don't like that. >> the next question we asked him is what do you think about pat rrick morrissemorrissey, an i'm going to vote for him because trump likes him. >> one thing that joe manchin is pointing out is, hey, i'm the guy who voted for president trump what's supreme court pick just recently. >> i've noticed there's been a lot of split on that. some republicans feel he kind of showed lack of spine in not supporting him more quickly. but i think that the kavanaugh proceeding is something that really animated a lot of voters who -- republican voters who were basically going to sit this out, probably just go ahead and vote for joe manchin. but they feel as though if they
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vote for manchin, they're going to be endorsing a democratic congress that might be a check to donald trump, or they feel they are affirming what they believe to be the tactics, what the democrats did with regard to the confirmation process. they objected to that. >> ali, you've been -- we've known this before, president trump is making completely false statements or statements that are misleading and it seems to be ramping up. "the washington post" counted it up and found the misinformation has picked up, from an average of five false or misleading claims a day, in the last few weeks it's 30 per day. how does this affect things at all? >> i don't think the people who are here, are here to fact-check him. you covered the campaign and now
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the midterms, they're not here to fact check, they're just here to hear what they want from him. they don't take him literally. one of the women said, you're putting active duty military on the border but they're not there to shoot anybody, it's just deterrence. they like seeing action being taken. it's not necessarily whether or not he's factual about what's going on. it's just, they want to hear there's going to be action on immigration, it's the issue they want to hear most about. >> quickly, trey. >> west virginians have felt ignored. the fact that president trump has come here. >> eight times so far. >> it's meaningful. >> trey, ali, wild, wonderful west virginia, thanks for coming in and hanging out on set. i appreciate it. we're back after the break on swamp watch, this time the man who has oversight of swamp lands. we've got all of that live as we bring you the show from west
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zinke. i know you've been doing national park. this guy runs the agency responsible for managing those along with federal public lands and natural resources. here is the thing. zinc zinke has gotten into hot water over a land deal. the interior's inspector general has looking into it and now have referred the inquiry to the justice department. secretary zinke has denied involvement. julia, thanks for coming on. let me start by pulling a quote from your piece. you write, donald trump told his aides he is afraid zinke has broken rules while serving as the interior secretary and is concerned about that justice department referral, according these sources. but the president has not indicated whether he will fire the former navy s.e.a.l. and has asked it for more information. in your view, in your reporting, what is zinke's standing inside
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the administration? >> well, it's not as strong as it had been certainly last year when he was seen as certainly a loyal lieutenant who was pressing ahead with the kind of deregulation that president trump wanted in promoting, you know, coal extraction, oil and gas development out west, things like that. so at this point he's on thinner ice than he used to be. but it is very clear that the president has not made the decision, for example, to ask him to resign. so we're in that kind of middle space. and i think a lot of it will depend on how this inquiry plays out. >> what does the interior department say to you about all this? >> they are generally not commenting. and, you know, are standing by, as you mentioned, the fact that secretary zinke has said there was nothing amiss with this land deal and that he adheres to federal rules. they're not providing any details at all about either his approach to this or conversations with the white house.
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>> you talk about, juliet, what secretary zinke has done. cabinet secretaries who have moved forward the president's agenda and then been forced out of the administration. something similar may be happening here in the sense that this is a guy who has executed exactly on what the president has wanted him to execute on. >> right. so you're right that there are ways in which this is reminis reminisce reminiscent, we'll have to see what happens. the one thing we have determined from outside the interior department is ryan zinke has no plans to leave the interior department, and that's where scott pruitt was several months ago. >> juliet, thanks for coming on the show, appreciate of this. more than a dozen african-american women have won
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all across the country, up and down the ballot, african-american women are running historic races this cycle. that new wave is having a lot of success in one county in tennessee, shelby county. that's where these eight women won election to state or county level office this year, many of them first time candidates, all of them, along with the campaign manager working in shelby county, sat down with nbc's trymaine lee to share their stories. >> my kids worked on my campaigns. >> my daughter was at every event with me. >> i grew up with a single mom. i've been the woman who was on public assistance. i've been the woman who had to sleep in the car with her kids. >> reporter: was there ever a moment of doubt when you said, this is too much? >> there are people now who believe in me who didn't even know who i was. people who have invested in me, people who have showed up to work for me.
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i can't quit. i can't let them down. >> reporter: how many of you are first time candidates? >> i'm a first time candidate. i actually made history as well, first woman and african-american to hold the circuit court clerk first woman and african-american to hold the circuit clerk seat. it was an amazing feeling to not only represent shelby county but to show my children they can do whatever they want if they put their mind to it. >> i think maybe sometimes that the younger people thought that they couldn't be elected, and i wanted to step out and show them that women can be elected. >> at 27, the youngest among this amazing group of candidates, how does it feel to represent not just being a black woman but a young black woman? >> we galvanized young people, and we went to the streets. we went back to our old community roots. we talked to people. when you give us qualified, strong black candidates we will turn out to the polls and vote. >> how many of you all have beat guys to get where you're at now? how'd that feel? it feel kind of good?
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i am woman, hear me roar. it felt great. >> it did. i too beat a long-time incumbent for my seat, and it was just a matter of just saying you know what? why not me? >> i've been in the state house. i told you i've worked 35 years and four months as a teacher, and i've been in the state house for 21 years. you get called girl. can you believe that? say listen, just call me barbara, ms. barbara, ms. cooper, representative cooper, but just call me by my name. >> msnbc's tremaine lee joins me now. that must have been amazing for you to sit with those women and talk through their experiences and how they're hoping to continue to make their voices heard? >> that's right, hallie, knowing what it took for so many of those phenomenal women to get where they are, it says a lot about who they are, they talked about all the support they got. what it means to represent not
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just women, but black women. black women, as we know over indexed in terms of political engagement. they're the most loyal voting block to democrats but they still are not necessarily holding those political conditions. in the home in politics, black women so often carry the unfortunate burden of having to carry all the weight. for these women to be in the positions they are for their communities, for their cities, it's remarkable. >> "the washington post" is looking at the impact of black women voters in georgia, and activist felicia davis had this quote. we have an opportunity to make history. she says this is more important than obama. what's your take on that? >> when you think about what obama represented as a black man in america, it symbolized so much hope and looking forward, but so many black folks actually feel more connected to michelle obama, right? so when you see -- as many would say she's black like us with the black experience and families who descended from american slavery. so when you think about what stacey abrams represents, a
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strong, intelligent brilliant by many accounts woman who has got her handle around the political game, it says a lot. what she'll do whether win or lose, what she represents to the people of georgia and this country but especially black women and all the men who support black women and the black community. it means a lot already. >> tremaine lee, thank you so much for coming on the show with your piece. really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back live from west virginia with today's big picture.
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we are back now with some breaking news about u.s. sanctions on iran. nbc's geoff bennett is joining me from the white house. what do we know? >> reporter: the headline here is that the trump administration is taking aim at iran's oil industry by reimposing sanctions on the regime's energy, shipping, ship building and financial industries. secretary of state mike pompeo and treasury secretary steve mnuchin held a conference call earlier this hour and said this move, these sanctions which take effect on monday, are all part of the administration's maximum pressure campaign. and remember, the iran deal struck under the obama administration lifted sanctions in exchange for iran curbing its nuclear program. well, the trump administration's view was that the iran deal didn't do enough to constrain iran's nuclear program or its support for militant groups across the mideast. that's why the administration scrapped the deal. now the white house takes the view that these new sanctions taking effect on monday will
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choke off revenue to iran's economy and then force iran to dramatically alter its policies in the region, and so the thing here is this. starting monday, the trump administration is promising that companies that fail to comply with these new sanctions, they're going to be barred from doing business in the u.s. >> geoff bennett there for us at the white house. thank you for keeping us posted on that. i know you'll be getting on the road soon yourself ahead of the midterms. now as we always do with today's big picture. today it actually comes to us fittingly from the voting booth. you are looking at our 41st president, george h.w. bush voting early this week. it made him one of many americans who voted prior to election day. he's with his two friends, jim baker and his service dog sully. a nice reminder to get out there and vote, whatever your party, whatever your political views, get civically engaged.
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it's one of the things that makes us great as americans. we'd love to hear your thoughts on facebook, twitter, snapchat and on instagram where we are live insta'g our trip through west virginia, pensacola tomorrow, and then i will see you on this broadcast from cleveland, ohio on monday. we are on the road for the full stretch, gang. we will see you back here at 10:00 a.m. eastern, 7:00 a.m. pacific. for now i turn it over to my friend and colleague, craig melvin who's holding down the fort in new york, i think, craig, right? >> yeah, in new york city. you be safe out there with your travels. >> thank you. >> take care, hallie jackson. >> eating a lot of good food. craig melvin at msnbc headquarters in new york city. closing arguments, just four days from the midterms, and two presidents are dominating the campaign trail, president trump hitting two states today to rile up his base with likely more talk about immigrant caravans and troops to the border. president obama touching down in florida a few hours from now. he's working to get a democrat in the florida governor's
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mansion for the first time in this millennium. voice of the people, in the final sprint before the midterms, our road warriors on the ground coast to coast this hour in west virginia, texas, colorado, mississippi, florida, and arizona, also wisconsin where we are talking barbershop politics. we'll head to the district with the biggest drop in turnout in the nation back in 2016. it helped hand president trump a win, so will this district show up to vote on tuesday? we'll take a look at that. but first, four days until the midterms, we start on the road. across the country today, the big guns are out. take a look at this map courtesy of our fantastic graphics team. big names in most corners of the country. president trump and president obama both with two scheduled stops that support key races. the vice president in kansas, two of the trump children,

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